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CRIME PREVENTION SERIES TO AIR STATEWIDE ON CABLE 'CRIMEWATCH NEW JERSEY' PREMIERES ON CTN THIS WEEK

 TRENTON, N.J., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The New Jersey Cable Television Association, Attorney General Robert J. Del Tufo and the Cable Television Network of New Jersey today announced the premiere of "CrimeWatch New Jersey." The new public service cable television series focuses on crime prevention and the top law enforcement issues of the day.
 "We are happy that the New Jersey Cable Television Association has asked us to join them in this new venture," Del Tufo said. "This show will give the people of New Jersey an insight into how law enforcement is combating crime and what the citizens of this state can do to avoid being the victim of crime."
 The first edition of "CrimeWatch New Jersey" will air on Tuesday, April 20 as a live cablecast from the studios of the Cable Television Network of New Jersey (CTN) in Trenton. It will air statewide on CTN from 7 - 8 p.m. Future editions of "CrimeWatch New Jersey" will air the third Tuesday of each month from 7-8 p.m.
 CTN, New Jersey's statewide cable channel, is a service of the state's cable industry.
 "Crime is an issue which concerns New Jerseyans in every part of our state -- north and south, urban, suburban and rural," said Frank DeJoy, president of the New Jersey Basic Television Association. "With CTN, we can reach every part of the state with invaluable crime prevention information from the law enforcement community. The cable industry is pleased to use our resources, to keep the public informed on this critical issue."
 "CrimeWatch New Jersey" will be a series of monthly programs, each covering a crime related topic and including a focus on crime prevention and education.
 Governor Jim Florio and Attorney General Del Tufo will kick off the new series with appearances in the first segment of the show. The topic for the first program airing Tuesday, April 20 is carjacking and auto theft.
 Experts from the law enforcement community will be guests on the program. They include Union County Prosecutor Andrew Ruotolo and members of the Union County/Essex County Auto Theft Task Force who have made over 300 arrests for auto theft and carjacking in the past year. The Task Force members have helped reduce auto theft in Union County by 20 percent, and in Essex County by 5 percent. The task force also includes members of the New Jersey State Police and is funded with forfeiture monies, funds taken from criminals.
 Also appearing on the program will be experts on crime prevention from the New Jersey Crime Prevention Officers Association and the New Jersey State Police. They will offer important tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of carjacking and auto theft.
 The program will also include a segment on New Jersey's Most Wanted Fugitive. Each month the program will feature one of the 12 most wanted suspects sought by the New Jersey State Police. There will also be a segment on each edition featuring Missing Children.
 Noting that State Police detectives and Troopers will be participating in each edition, Colonel Justin Dintino said that information about unsolved and missing persons cases, as well as timely and life saving anti-crime tips, will be regular features on "CrimeWatch New Jersey."
 "There is no doubt that some of our most effective crime fighting is accomplished when real people report real crimes and real situations," Colonel Dintion said.
 "I expect CrimeWatch New Jersey to become an important weapon in our crime fighting arsenal. As thousands of New Jerseyans tune into the Cable Television Network and CrimeWatch, New Jersey, I am certain that their eyes and ears will provide State Police and law enforcement officers across the state with new leads and crucial information that will help solve cases and wrap up investigations," Dintino added.
 "We hope this new partnership in crime prevention and education will benefit the citizens of this state and at the same time highlight the very important work of the men and women who serve as law enforcement officers in New Jersey," Del Tufo said.
 "The New Jersey Cable Industry in cooperation with the Cable Television Network of New Jersey, looks forward to working with the Department of Law and Public Safety, and other segments of the law enforcement community, on this endeavor," said DeJoy. "They have the information and the expertise on the issues -- we have the ability to bring their knowledge to the public."
 Check local listing for the CTN channel in your area.
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 /CONTACT: Laura Zdroik, 800-421-0443; or Dave Schratwieser, 609-292-4791, or Lynn Nowak, 609-394-7477, all for CTN/


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